I was induced with the gel with my second pregnancy. I was about 2-3cms but my cervix was still not forwards so they put me hospital and inserted the gel (with a kind of tampon applicator) onto my cervix. The insertion of the gel didn't hurt at all, but the gel itself gave me back ache like period pain for the night. I was 39w5days.
I did not want my waters broken as there was no guarentee that I would go into labour - and then theres the risk of a c-section if the waters are broken for too long. Luckily for me my waters broke on their own in the morning when DD turned from posterior to anterior and my contractions started right away. 1h 57mins later she was born with no more intervention.
I had the drip to speed things up with my first labour and it definately makes the contractions more intense. I would try everything you can to go into labour naturally (lots of sex, walks, maybe ask your midwife about pressure points on your ankles - reflexology).
Hayley, NSW, Liam 07/02, Beth 09/04, Nate 03/06